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WEEKEND EDITION: I am going to my last Board Meeting as Prez of CAARA , our local radio club. Mixed feelings but will enjoy the time off....I noticed on Craigslist a listing of free 73 magazines from Wayne Greens estate. I mean all back issues in cardboard boxes, thousands from the warehouse....did I say free?...Misinformation I heard on 75 meters about Rick-KM1G, contrary to popular belief, Rick is alive and well and is NOT divorced. He is located in CT and has a radio on the air using a Cobra Antenna, sounded good!...

Window to Submit Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew Opens October 1

Proposals by school and educational organizations to host Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts with an International Space Station crew member next year will be accepted starting on Monday, October 1. Completed proposals are due by Thursday, November 15. ARISS anticipates that the contacts will be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2019, although crew schedules and ISS orbits determine exact contact dates. A committee of educators evaluate and approve proposals.

ARISS contacts allow education audiences to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to work and live in space,” ARISS said. “These scheduled contact opportunities are offered to formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together.”

To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will a draw large number of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.

Educational proposals should include plans for students to study topics related to space technology, space exploration, or space research, and, to learn about communication, wireless technology, and radio science. The more advanced preparation educators make with educational plans, the more learning and value the ARISS event will have for students, ARISS said. A Proposal Guide can help in planning and identifying necessary to host an ARISS scheduled contact.

An ARISS Technical Mentor is assigned to assist educational organizations with technical preparations and logistical coordination of the contact. With the assistance of the ARISS team, ARRL and AMSAT can help in locating a local Amateur Radio group to provide equipment and expertise. In many cases, local ham radio club volunteers may also be able to assist with lessons on communication, wireless technology, or radio science.

ARRL ARISS-US Delegate Rosalie White, K1STO, quoted one educator who wrote, “Many of our middle school students who participated in and attended our ARISS contact have selected science courses in high school as a result of that contact.”  Many teachers report setting up ham radio clubs in schools and learning centers because of students’ interest prior to an ARISS contact.

Full information on hosting an ARISS contact is available on the ARISS website.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan, and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing equipment on the space station and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by ARRL and AMSAT in partnership with NAS

Amateur Radio Newsline Report, rehashing the week's news..


NEIL/ANCHOR: One of the year's deadliest weather systems proved a challenge for hams as they kept communications open in the storm-wrecked Philippines. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN tells us more.

ROBERT: In the northern Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut quickly became the deadliest storm on earth this year, striking on Sept 15. The Philippine Amateur Radio Association activated for emergency communications at the National Telecommunications Commission regional office. Locally, many affiliated groups established VHF radio communications at the Emergency Operations Center in Clark Freeport. Winds were clocked at 155 km or 96 miles per hour with gusts of as much as 190 kph or 118 mph. By Monday, Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, one of the hardest-hit province towns, reported that dozens were believed killed in a landslide and that rescuers would likely not find survivors. Having destroyed homes and taken lives, the typhoon next made its way to south China.
The typhoon had made its approach just as a radio communications summit on disasters was convening in Cotabato City on the 14th and 15th of September. It was attended by 500 members of ham radio clubs and civic groups and was considered an unprecedented gathering of its kind for the region. Lectures on emergency communications were being given by the Philippine Amateur Radio Association which quickly began coordinating with Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team as the typhoon hit. Before the storm moved on, 32,000 families were believed to have been affected in central Luzon.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.


NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams in the U.S. responded to Hurricane Florence when it struck the southern states. Important messages were carried by the VoIP Hurricane Net, as we hear from Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

ANDY: When a local disaster erupted in part of eastern Massachusetts on Sept. 13th hams were at the ready. The explosion of natural gas lines set off fires in three Merrimack Valley communities and radio operators went on alert. According to Robert Macedo KD1CY, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, although the hams were never called up to help since communications remained intact, it was an exercise in readiness. For Rob and many other hams, however, this quickly became a segue into a long weekend. Hundreds of miles away, at about the same time, Hurricane Florence was slamming into the Carolina coast.

ANDY: That was the sound of the VoIP Hurricane Net. Rob is also director of operations for the net, which began its 35-hour activation early that same Thursday September 13. Rob was joined by net controls in Illinois, New Hampshire and Maryland and check-ins from around the world, helping pass emergency and priority traffic, as well as surface, wind and weather reports. Rob told Newsline that even after the net formally ended at 8 p.m. Friday, informal listening continued until noon Saturday.

ROB: “We had stations internationally on VoIP. We had people in Europe. I saw some Zulu Lima calls from New Zealand, many stations internationally were listening. We probably had, just as a rough guess, over 200 connections.

ANDY: As the world listened, some rescues unfolded too.

ROB: We also handled a piece of emergency traffic with a water rescue. An amateur operator in Texas had contact with a calling party in that area, not a friend or family member, but a person in New Bern, N.C., where there were many water rescues. She had water up to her waist inside her home and we called the New Bern Public Safety Authorities to let them know about the rescue. Turns out she was on the list to be rescued but they had not gotten to her yet.
ANDY: The effects of Florence will be felt in the American South for some time – and as Rob pointed out, hams will be ready, whether they are needed or not.


NEIL/ANCHOR: As North and South Carolina residents take the measure of damage left behind by Florence, the ARRL sent out a plea to hams in neighboring states asking for even more assistance. Marc Tarplee N4UFP, section manager for South Carolina, said in a press release that South Carolina ARES was in need of additional hams to assist with disaster response and was in talks about a mutual aid agreement with the ARRL’s Alabama section. The ARRL noted that ARES has existing operating agreements with other agencies, including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


NEIL/ANCHOR: In Minneapolis, Minnesota, an amateur radio mainstay for almost four decades is closing its doors. Kent Peterson KC0DGY has that story:

DAN: There comes a time in your life when you're kind of on top of the roller coaster and you say this may be the last ride down and you say maybe it’s time.

KENT: That's co-owner Dan Fish KB0XC who along with his wife Maline have been running Radio City in a twin cities suburb for the past 36 years. They've decided it is time to retire.

DAN: This community has been profoundly supportive.

KENT: The store was a go-to place for many local amateurs and its website even lists its location by its Maidenhead Grid Square.

DAN: I learned from my customers as much as they've learned from me. It is rare you're in a business that can give you that kind of feedback.

KENT: Now it’s almost over. After two farewell appearances at local events on September 22nd and September 29th, the store is shutting its doors after a goodbye party on Saturday October 6th.

DAN: True confession time, I live kind of vicariously through my customers anyway and I talk ham radio all day long, so I kind of have my radios off at home but it might be fun because I'll be turning my radio on more. Its been fun.

KENT: On a personal note, Maline sold me my first rig over 20 years ago. Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY in Minneapolis.


NEIL/ANCHOR: Nothing beats bringing back a good thing - and in the UK that means a little-used call sign prefix. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH tells us about one lucky young ham.

JEREMY: If Mike Jones is feeling like one in a million – or perhaps more like one among tens of thousands – it’s because his new call sign is M5PMJ. Mike, who is chair of the Youth Committee for the Radio Society of Great Britain, had wanted the call sign since he passed his Advanced Licence exam in August during Youngsters on the Air in South Africa. While at YOTA, he passed the 90-question exam and submitted the paperwork to Ofcom when he got back to the UK. Then the waiting began. That wait ended on September 6. Mike is believed to have received the first M5 call Ofcom has issued in 17 years. The M5 prefix was last issued between 1999 and 2001.
That was true until now. Mike has been a ham since 2011 when he took and passed the foundation exam. Now the student paramedic is feeling prouder than ever with his new full call. He announced on his Twitter feed: “Finally! Seven years later, I’ve done it!”


NEIL/ANCHOR: In Huntsville, Alabama, the stage is being set for satellite enthusiasts, as we hear from Jack Parker, W8ISH.

JACK: Time is running out for registration for the 36th annual AMSAT Space Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. This year’s gathering will be at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and hotel accommodation will be at the Marriott next door. Organizers are asking that hams planning to attend book their stay no later than the 10th of October and if they’re staying at the hotel use the reference number M-BIHHXTA to get the group rate of $104 per night. Coming just a few weeks after the annual Huntsville Hamfest, this gathering will be held on November 2nd through 4th and will include AMSAT-North America’s annual general meeting.


NEIL/ANCHOR: What are radio scouts doing? As we hear from Bill Stearns, NE4RD, they're making big plans - and activating stations.

BILL: This week in radio scouting we're a month away from the largest scouting event in the world!

Jamboree on the Air & Jamboree on the Internet is an international, fun and exciting annual experience for all young people in Scouting using the widest range of technology communication channels to educate, promote cultural awareness, develop tolerance, as well as enhance sharing, collaboration and teamwork, along with building a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement. It is a “travel-free” Jamboree that takes place wherever you are in the world.

This year's JOTA-JOTI is October 19th through the 21st. For us amateurs, it's an any band, any mode, any power, opportunity to connect the youth around the world with other Scouting units and interested parties. It's also many's first introduction to Amateur Radio and possibly a merit badge, a radio patch, a check mark towards advancement, and definitely a great time.

This year we have almost all call areas represented with a K2BSA callsign reservation.

Bill Macfarlane, KE1HT, will be activating K2BSA/1 from St. Helena's Chapel in
Lenox, MA.

Joseph Rohr, K2RPH, will be activating K2BSA/2 from Estell Manor Park in Mays Landing, NJ.

Shawn Wolfe, W8SJW, will be activating K2BSA/3 from Camp Potomac in Oldtown, MD.

Paul Trotter, AA4ZZ, will be activating K2BSA/4 from the Troop 49 Scout Barn in Charlotte, NC.

Michael Reitz, W5EVT, will be activating K2BSA/5 from Conner Pavillion, Lake Park on Lake Lewisville in Lewisville, TX.

Chris Clark, W6CBC, will be activating K2BSA/6 from Camp Emerson in Idyllwild, CA.

Robert Crow, KA8CDC, will be activating K2BSA/8 from Sandscrest Scout Reservation in Wheeling, WV

Thomas Bingham, KC9KOA, will be activating K2BSA/9 from Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty, IN.

Notably missing are call areas 0 and 7. So, if you're interested in using the K2BSA callsign from those calling areas, register on our website. If your station will be on the air, whether you have scouts attending or not, and will be actively participating in JOTA, then please register on the JOTA-JOTI site or our short cut of jota2018.k2bsa.net. There are 200 stations in the U.S. currently registered, so if you are looking to volunteer, search the list and find a location near you.


NEIL/ANCHOR: A group of YLs plans to honor 2 submarines lost in World War Two and is looking for even more YLs to join them. Here’s Heather Embee, KB3TZD.

HEATHER: The USS Batfish Amateur Radio Club is getting ready to welcome a group of YLs on board the submarine in Oklahoma to call CQ as WW2SUB in October. The YLs will be honoring the USS Wahoo and the USS Dorado which are among the 52 U.S. submarines lost during the Second World War. The lost subs are being honored by the Batfish’s amateur club.

The YLs will be operating from Oct. 12th through the 14th, even sleeping on board and experiencing life on the submarine, which now houses an exhibit that honors military veterans and is permanently kept in Muskogee, Oklahoma’s War Memorial Park.
The YLs aren’t just looking for contacts and QSL cards – they’re also in search of other YLs who’d like to join them on the air. Michelle Carey, W5MQC said that any YL who wants to join the operation that weekend should send an email to her at w 5 m q c at yahoo dot com (w5mqc@yahoo.com). Michelle said that the YLs will most likely be operating on 20 and 40 meters – mostly SSB. According to club trustee Wade Harris KF5IF, although YLs have operated from the Batfish before, this is the first time for a group of YLs to do so as a formal event.
The weekend operation is being done under the auspices of the Young Ladies Radio League, the YLRL, where Michelle is District 5 representative, but any YL can participate regardless of whether she is a member of the league or not. Michelle also noted that any YL who does not yet have her license but is interested in experiencing what it’s like to be on the air can also stop by and receive some guidance from a licensee.
She called the USS Batfish weekend operation [quote] “a unique opportunity for us to come together and help each other out while calling CQ and honoring those lost during World War Two.” [endquote] For more information about the Batfish radio club visit their website at w w two sub dot org (ww2sub.org)


NEIL/ANCHOR: In this week’s world of DX, Pista, HA5AO will be active as 3DA0AO from Swaziland through the 28th of September. He will operate mostly CW, RTTY and FT 8 on 80 through 10 meters. QSL via OQRS or via his home call. The complete log will be uploaded to LotW six months after the Dxpedition.

Bill, G0CXF is active from the Camotes Islands in the Philippines as DU7/G0CXF for the next six months. He is operating on SSB and PSK mainly on 80, 40, 20 and 6 meters and looking for contacts into Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia. Check QRZ.com for QSL details.

A team including Hans HB9BXE, Nicola I0SNY and Elvira IV3FSG will be operating as H88X from Panama from the 24th of September to the 9th of October. They will operate SSB, CW and digital modes on various bands. QSL via I0SNY (direct) or 9A5URI (bureau).


NEIL/ANCHOR: Our final story comes to us from New Zealand. It's about amateur radio contact with cars - but this has nothing to do with operating mobile. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF explains.

JIM: Any ham who’s ever chased a rare DX or tried for a special event in a pileup knows the frustration of the QSO that got away – but have you ever considered all those contacts you never wanted in the first place?

That’s what happened recently on 434.050 MHz in New Zealand where a repeater transmitting on that frequency turned up some unintended contacts. Not far away from the repeater, motorists in the business district of Invercargill discovered one morning they were unable to get into their locked cars. The vehicles had been secured with keyless entry fobs so common these days with newer cars – remotes that operate by short-range radio transmission. One local auto dealer was quoted on the website, The Stuff, as saying that people had begun coming in for replacements for their car remotes, believing their devices had malfunctioned.

After local police contacted the Radio Spectrum Management compliance office of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, an investigation determined that the culprit was a repeater registered to amateur radio operator Daniel Erickson, ZL4DE. The news report on the website noted that the repeater was allocated the transmit frequency of 434.050 MHz in its license – but, as it turns out, so are the car remotes. According to the RSM compliance manager Fadia Mudafar, hams have primary use of the frequency range between 433.050 and 434.920 MHz – the same frequency range as the car remotes, which are approved for short-range secondary use.

The result? Unwanted QSOs with the cars.

TGIF EDITION: Well another week closer to fall and winter around here in New England. ....Windsor, Maine Hamfest this weekend, too long a hike for me....Scott-W1XER back home from a relaxing vacation in the deep northern woods at a camp and 4 wheelers....I was listening around 3840 to groups of children fighting over a frequency. One group boasting "key down all day" Alpha Amplifiers. They never grew up. That was their frequency and that was that, we will jam each other until we get it back....

Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, is making the most of the fame she’s found from her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and is dishing details with her tell-all book “Full Disclosure.”

In addition to graphic descriptions of Trump’s anatomy, Daniels claims to have had an uncomfortable encounter with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after a mutual meeting with Trump in Lake Tahoe.

Stormy Daniels on Roethilsberger: ‘I was terrified’....

She wrote about meeting Roethlisberger with Trump at her hotel the night after she alleged she and Trump had sex. Trump, whom Daniels described as chatting with Roethlisberger in a VIP section of the hotel, asked Roethlisberger to walk Daniels to her room, where she alleged an encounter that “terrified” her.

CNN published the details.

She says he asked her for a “good night kiss.” She refused. She says he pushed lightly on her door as they stood outside her hotel room.
“I was terrified. I am rarely terrified,” Daniels wrote, saying Roethlisberger responded, saying, “‘Come on.'”
She closed the door and writes that Roethlisberger “stood outside, not leaving” while knocking at her door for several minutes but eventually left.

Roethlisberger declined to address Daniels’ account when asked on Thursday, Penn Live reports.

Roethlisberger’s past

In 2012, Roethlisberger settled a civil lawsuit with Andrea McNulty over a 2008 accusation that he sexually assaulted her in a Lake Tahoe casino.

In 2010, the NFL suspended Roethlisberger six games after prosecutors declined to press charges on accusations that he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old college student in Georgia. His suspension was eventually reduced to four games.

Puerto Rico Amateurs Beefing Up Hurricane Preparedness

September 20 is the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating arrival in Puerto Rico. Today, many amateurs there are better prepared for the next storm or other disaster that could disrupt conventional telecommunications. With this in mind, the ARRL Puerto Rico Section is hosting monthly meetings in various cities around the island commonwealth as part of an effort to establish an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) organization in Puerto Rico, to be headed by Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, and Section Emergency Coordinator Juan Sepulveda, KP3CR. The overall initiative would involve recruiting volunteers and holding topic-specific workshops on several topics:
  • Using Winlink to send emails over the air, using radiograms, introducing the National Traffic System (NTS), and explaining the new ARES online filing system. Presenters would be Section Traffic Manager Pedro Irizarry, KP3PI, and Section Technical Coordinator Carlos Roig, WP4AOH.
  • Constructing NVIS antennas for local HF communication, updating the WP4MR repeater system, where various nets take place, and assembling an Amateur Radio “Go-Kit” for portable emergency communication.
  • Continuing to build relationships with hospitals and municipal emergency management agencies, as well as maintaining the ones established with the Red Cross and the Puerto Rico Energy Power Authority (PREPA-AEE).

Based on the new Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau (PREMB – NMEAD) zone divisions, a 2-meter simplex band plan has been developed, in the event that repeaters go down. Many simplex drills and nets are taking place on a weekly basis.

THURSDAY EDITION: Time to get the boat out of the harbor and get it winterized. It sure didn't get used very much this year...We are changing history again in Boston. First we changed 'Yawkey Way" to Jersey Street at Fenway Park because the owner, Yawkey, was slow to integrate blacks on the team. Now these shitheads want to get rid of "Faneuil Hall" in Boston and rename it because the building was built, according  this group of history re-writers, from the blood money of slaves. Tear the country apart a little more, I wonder if our fore fathers in amateur radio had any slaves? Wonder if old Hiram Percy Maxim had any slaves or used the "Wouff Hong"  as a tool to keep blacks from getting licenses?....This red tide down on Florida is making me wonder if I want to go down this year, it is a mess down in Venice, FL where we go....

A VERY cheeky title! Missouri tourist town with just 25 residents will launch a new weekly paper The Uranus Examiner

  • The paper's editor revealed the name at a town meeting in Uranus on Wednesday
  • The announcement was met with a mix of giggles and groans
  • The mayor of nearby Waynesville expressed outrage at the immature innuendo 
  • The town on Route 66 is home to 25 people and a handful of quirky businesses

The wacky title was met with a range of reactions from giggles to groans when it was announced Wednesday in the tourist town of Uranus - pronounced like the planet. 

Many have said the name befits the namesake town on Route 66, which consists of just 25 people and a handful of kitschy businesses all owned by the self-proclaimed Mayor of Uranus, Louie Keen, who founded it in 2002. 

Managing editor Natalie Sanders said the Examiner is meant to be a 'fun' paper focused on local news and promoting the town of just 25 people. 

WEDNESDAY EDITION: We got a load of rain and wind yesterday, I need to check my dipole today... Glad to hear the Emmy Awards had a record low number of folks watching this liberal foolishness....Red Sox did not get it done last night...Healing wishes to Mick up in Farmington, Maine. He fell off a ladder trying to get a drink of water at the kitchen sink....Happy 71st birthday to the Air Force....I have been watching a new show "Mayans" on Tuesday night, a spinoff of the popular "Sons of Anarchy" series, I like it.....I managed to a quick hello to Ed and Don on 3900 this am to see how they were doing. Good guys....


On behalf of Mr Waldemar Sznajder, 3Z6AEF – President of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) and Mr Piotr Skrzypczak, SP2JMR – Secretary of the PZK, I have the honour to invite all of you to participate in a special award programme, organised by the Polish Amateur Radio Union on the occasion of The 100th Anniversary of Poland Regaining its Independence.

You will find any necessary details about this programme under the address given below:


Homebuilt 2 meter quad....link

GLOOMIER TUESDAY: Rainy day, good day for a little shack cleaning....Windsor, Maine Hamfest coming up.....

NASA names Holly Ridings new Chief Flight Director

NASA has named Holly Ridings its new chief flight director, making her the first woman to lead the elite group that directs human spaceflight missions from the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Director of Flight Operations Brian Kelly selected Ridings to replace Norm Knight, who has held the position since 2012. Knight now is the deputy director of Flight Operations.

"Holly has proven herself a leader among a group of highly talented flight directors,” Kelly said. “I know she will excel in this unique and critical leadership position providing direction for the safety and success of human spaceflight missions. She will lead the team during exciting times as they adapt to support future missions with commercial partners and beyond low-Earth orbit.”

In her new role, Ridings will manage the group of 32 active flight directors and flight directors-in-training who oversee a variety of human spaceflight missions involving the International Space Station, including integrating American-made commercial crew spacecraft into the fleet of vehicles servicing the orbiting laboratory, as well as Orion spacecraft missions to the Moon and beyond.

Ridings, a native of Amarillo, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1996. She joined NASA in 1998 as a flight controller in the thermal operations group.

She was selected as a flight director in 2005. Since then, she has served as the lead flight director for several missions including International Space Station mission Expedition 16 in 2007-2008, Space Shuttle Program mission STS-127 in 2009, and the first SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft mission to the space station in 2012.

Learn more about what flight directors do with our Everything About Mission Control Houston video featuring Flight Director Mary Lawrence.

New Inrad Desk Microphone

We are pleased to introduce  the new DMS-629 Desk Microphone from Inrad USA.

The DMS series of desk microphones are compatible with most makes of Transceiver.

Mounted on a heavy-duty base, the DMS M-629 microphone is a unidirectional cardioid dynamic microphone with a large 1.125" diaphragm and internal rubber element suspension system for reducing undesirable noise. 

The mic is tailored with a rise in frequency response from 500 Hz, crossing 1 kHz up to 4 kHz. The result is clear, overall well-articulated audio response, tailored to match intelligibility of human voice.   

The microphone is supplied with a transceiver interface cable of your choice but change your transceiver and you simply buy the matching radio interface cable.

INRAD, a division of Vibroplex®, now in their 36th year of business, have been delighted to be appointed exclusive base microphone supplier to FlexRadio.

GLOOMY MONDAY: After a beautiful wx weekend I wake up to mist, fog, and no sun...if that isn't bad enough, BC football is in the top 25 national ranking. How the hell can they rank BC with the elite after beating UMass and Holy Cross, two teams that are glorified high school caliber teams? NE Patriots lost but they will bounce back and the Red Sox are just plain having a record season. ...so what's happening on the air? 20 meters is loaded with special events stations, everyone is special. People waiting in line to contact some smuck sitting in a tent outside an airport or boatyard. Why doesn't someone do something really special? Get on the air during a hurricane down south and call cq from a tent trailer or floating in an 8 foot pram in the middle of a pig farm drainage area during a flood...cmon guys, get creative.....I heard old pig farmer Wilkie on 3927 with his cronies for a bit last night, they are amusing. I never knew toilet paper had "grain" like wood and you should wipe your ass against the grain not with the grain...ham radio at it's bests....And of course John "Doc Linux" is on almost every evening guiding the masses with his computer know how on 75 ...hey, I bought the 7600 Icom, what a nice radio! Just picked it up yesterday and have been listening around the bands. I like it better than the PRO III and that was a fine radio. I put my mint OMNI VII on EBay yesterday....

Radio City Announces Closing, Owners to Retire

Amateur Radio retailer Radio City, Inc. of Mounds View, Minnesota, has announced it is closing.

“It's been a wonderful 36 years for us at Radio City, and we have decided to retire and close,” owners Dan, KB0XC, and Maline Fish said in a message on the retailer’s website. “We are so thankful for the many years of support and we have enjoyed working you, our customers. The technical, intelligent and polite conversations plus advice have been invigorating, thus making this decision extremely difficult for us.”

The Fishes said they will shut down by year’s end, “or a bit sooner, as we empty our shelves of new and used materials.”

As part of a “final good-bye tour,” Radio City will attend SMARTSFEST in Cologne, Minnesota, on September 22, and Fallfest in Carlton, Minnesota, on September 29. A good-bye party is set for October 6 at the store.

Radio City said it will wrap up service on any items already in the shop but will not accept any additional out-of-warranty repairs. The store no longer will accept additional consignment items. Those not sold must be retrieved during the week of October 13.

South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from several South Carolina counties are pitching in to help support emergency communication, as the state deals with the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. The storm, now a tropical depression, continues to generate heavy rainfall in the Carolinas.

“Amateur Radio operators are far from ‘amateurs’ when it comes to providing communication in an emergency,” ARES Richland County Emergency Coordinator Ronnie Livingston, W4RWL, said. “Our volunteers here in Richland County have been staffing stations at the Richland County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), as well as at the Red Cross, since the requests were first received.”

ARES District Emergency Coordinator EMEA Area 3 Earl Dean, W4ESD, said operators at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) have been keeping in contact with field volunteers in Marion and Dillon counties, after conventional telecommunications failed there. “We were able to deploy assets and personnel, thanks to our volunteers who managed communications between these areas and coordinated with the appropriate agencies,” Dean said.

“South Carolina ARES is fully activated,” ARRL South Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Billy Irwin, K9OH, told ARRL in advance of the storm, adding that he’s been coordinating regularly with the SC Emergency Management Division.”

ARRL outh Carolina ARES needs additional Amateur Radio volunteers to assist with the response effort and is in discussion with the ARRL Alabama Section to fulfill this need through a mutual aid agreement.

Gordon Mooneyhan, W4EGM, Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club (GSARC), said radio amateurs set up and managed organized communication networks to assist local government and emergency agencies, as well as non-commercial health-and-welfare messaging for residents affected by the disaster, to let family members outside the affected area know they are okay.

On-air operations for National Hurricane Center station WX4NHC, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, and SATERN have concluded. — Thanks to ARRL South Carolina Section PIC Tammy A. Livingston, N4TAL

New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
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WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
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N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....